Garth Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based film composer and double bassist. Raised in the mountains of Western Canada, nature became his primary inspiration and the common thread between his life and music. In the past four years, Garth has released two full-length solo albums, informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old double bass to the woods, the beach, and the desert. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute homage to a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica. Of Flying, iTunes praises, “Garth Stevenson joins the likes of Brian Eno and Sigur Rós as a practitioner of this ethereal yet accessible genre… ‘The Southern Sea’ offers the aural equivalent of effortlessly swimming underwater without ever needing to come up for air.” Flying was recently featured on WNYC’s New Sounds radio program along with Ben Frost and Yo-Yo Ma and was featured on the main page of iTunes.
Stevenson introduced his music to the yoga community at the Wanderlust Festival in 2009 where he improvised during classes and led large groups of hikers into the mountains to perform his solo music. He has performed at Wanderlust every year and partnered with the festival for the release of Flying. He collaborates regularly with teacher Elena Brower at Virayoga, her studio in New York. Together they have led classes at Wanderlust, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, Mexico and at the world’s largest yoga class in Central Park for 13 000 people and for France’s largest yoga gathering in history for over 3000 people in front of the Eiffel Tower. His latest album, Flying, is designed to follow the arc of a yoga class is being used by teachers all over the world. Flying was featured in Yoga Journal, Origin Magazine, Yoganonymous, and Flow Yoga Magazine. His song Hourglass was recently featured in a video produced by lululemon. He has also collaborated with Schuyler Grant, Amy Ippoliti, Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Kelly Blaser, Kate Greer, Richmond Dickson, Sianna Sherman, Stacey Rosenberg, Kenny Graham, Tara Glazier, Kevin Courtney.
Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price make up the indie folk band Lobo Marino. The band has been touring nationally for six years and has recorded seven records. Their music carries the message of humanity’s need to find balance with native. Mystically political and whole heartily grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as at the backyard fire pits of intentional communities across the country. In their home town of Richmond,Virginia, they founded their own community space called “Earth Folk Collective” where they open the space for gatherings and donation based workshops on all types of topics of wellness and sustainability. They also are the founders of Fonticello Food Forest, a public orchard intended for community gleaning
DJ TAZ RASHID brings a high vibrational energy to any room instantly by mixing the beats and rhythms of Love, Ancient New World, House, Kirtan, Devotional, and all the cosmic sounds. His vision is to be a channel to cause the expansion of all those around by tapping into the creative wisdom of the body and allowing them to feel, let go and awaken.
Taz has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years and as a musician, he plays guitar, keyboard, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to the Divine and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their Divine higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Hanuman Fest, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, The Zen Cruise, Bali Spirit Fest, Global Mala, and many more high vibrational gatherings.
With his expertise in producing and playing music for yoga and meditation, Taz's mission is to help others to create inspiring music playlists in their classes through breath beat sequencing and other novel techniques that foster a sound healing classroom experience. Taz's yoga music workshops assists teachers to create the soundscape for their classes which enriches the yoga practice and also supports the instructor to develop their own unique sound. His workshops are designed to empower the participants to cultivate the yoga dj extraordinaire within themselves. For a Free Gift of music txt on your phone LOVEYOGA (one word) to the number 44222 or visithttp://bit.ly/1QiKmuZ
Tomek Regulski is a Manhattan-based composer of classical music, and a student of the sitarist Acharya Roop Verma. He feels blessed to have found a teacher who is not just trained in the classical approach to music, but who is also deeply steeped in its spiritual aspects. Roopji’s musical teachers are the great maestros Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and his spiritual teachers are Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati and Swami Shyam of the Himalayas. Learning from Roopji has given Tomek a spiritual insight to the creation of sound and music; a gift which he shares in the form of live music for yoga and through his own sound meditation classes.
Vincent Boyce is an innovative and creative guitarist who creates expansive, lush, and socially rich ambient compositions to support/enhance meditation and yoga sessions. He produces his music under the name blqlab [‘blak-lab’].
A New Jersey native, Vincent spent his early adult years in Santa Cruz, CA., studying Art/Design and surfing, while developing a deep connection between yoga, meditation, nature and music.
Upon relocating home to New Jersey, he’s forged these interests into a terrifically rewarding form of self-expression, playing ambient guitar in support of yoga/meditation sessions. Over the last several years he has slowly shared this passion with a broader audience to great reception. His network has since grown, and he is currently very active in collaborating with many talented, passionate, and visionary members of the yoga/meditation community.
Much of Vincent’s work is inspired by “spacious minimalism”, where the tonal qualities of notes played offer the listener an affordance of relaxation and exploration, reflection and focus. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, and NYU, music, composition and sound design were integral components of his Undergraduate and Master degree curriculum.
He constantly challenges himself to play live ambient compositions that are simultaneously very apparent as well as nearly invisible, resonating to those that “tune-in”, and unnoticeable to those that do not. He characterizes this as a magical journey, creating something that is both "there" and "not there" at the same time. He thrives in live studio settings, where his playing is informed/transformed by the energy and activity present in the room.
Learn more about Vincent and check out samples of his work by visiting his website, www.blqlab.com, or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blqlab/
Johnny is a RYT-500 advanced certified yoga and meditation teacher and has been a devoted yogi for over 10 years. Trained in diverse healing modalities, his energy practices and multi-instrumental sound healing invoke powerful experiences for his students. A mixture of modern science, ancient wisdom, and raw love, Johnny is a living example of the internal power we each possess for positive change and the ability to fulfill one’s dreams and dharma. He is an active contributor to the #1 meditation app Insight Timer, inspiring thousands of meditations worldwide with his healing music. His first musical meditation release, The Meditation EP, was featured as a teacher’s resource on Elena Brower’s TEACH.YOGA for its unique blend of rhythms influenced by neurological principles. Johnny has taught sound healing for Lululemon, NY Yoga Magazine, The Rubin Museum, and educational institutions including Ramapo College and SUNY New Paltz. Johnny currently teaches workshops and immersions in New Jersey and New York. His sound healing music (free downloads), mix tapes to support asana practice, and meditation resources are available at JohnnyScifo.com.
George Crotty is a crossover cellist hailing Toronto, Canada. He traces his family lineage to fiddlers in County Clare, Ireland, and a family of Jewish musicians descended from Felix Mendelssohn. A recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Crotty aspires to forge a new linguistic path for the cello by integrating elements from Eastern, Celtic, and Jazz traditions. He has recently performed domestically and abroad with oud / violin virtuoso, Simon Shaheen, American fiddle guru, Darol Anger. and jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera. He currently resides in New York City.
George is currently a member of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, and New York's experimental quintet, 2Birds Band. An active session player, he has also stepped into the role of producer, releasing 2Birds Band's String Groover, and Vidi Aquam, a collaboration with Canadian cellist, Kirk Starkey. George plays a CR Electric Cello made by ned steinberg
KC Solaris is a multi-disciplined creative. Kc is the Drummer for the internationally touring rock band You Bred Raptors, a touring tabla player with many new age, world and yoga/kirtan artists as well as a solo tabla player for retreats and electronic collaborations, KC also has several solo records released which he produced and played all instruments on. . Kc is an artist in residence at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn NYC and handles music bookings for weekly events there as well.
KC and George met while playing in a rock group and connected the dots that Georges "eastern" approach to a western instrument (Cello) fit very well with KC's western approach to an eastern instrument (tabla). The lines began to blur, a lot of coffee was brewed and a new duo was formed blending musical barriers and creating what has become a meditative and fresh perspective on world and new age music led by two well trained and innovative musicians.